07 May 2012
ALLEGATIONS REGARDING OUR DUTY
Certain allegations have been made across the veterans community regarding Our Duty Inc and Jeff Rose-Martland. These allegations are 100% but for the sake of those who have questions, here are the answers:
1 - Our Duty was formed in August 2010. It was incorporated in
and Newfoundland Labrador in July 2011. During its existence, it has raised no more
than a few 100 dollars. These is no
financial statement because a) 2011 would be the first tax year one was
required and b) we didn’t have any finances to make statements about.
2 - Our Duty is not now and never has been a veterans organization. From first concept, it have been a CITIZENS organization. We advocate to improve veterans benefits because veterans have a social contact with citizens. Our Duty represents the other part of that contract.
3 - Despite being staffed solely by volunteers, Our Duty and Jeff Rose-Martland have achieved significant accomplishments. Jeff Rose-Martland was named to the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman Advisory Committee. He has also been PR and Communications for the group and has been interviewed multiple times, nationally and locally. In March, Our Duty released its first major report: a critique of the 2010 VAC Client Survey. That report gained the attention of both media and politicians. Our Duty and Jeff Rose-Martland have also consulted with, advised, and represented organizations and individuals. As well, Jeff Rose-Martland served as Communications Director for the 2010 NL Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest and for Fabien Melanson’s hunger strike in June 2011. He continues to represent Cpl Melanson to Veterans’ Affairs.
OF THAT HAS BEEN DONE WITHOUT FEES, CHARGES,
4 - the ourduty.org website was caught in a mass malware site hack last month. This one: http://www.pcworld.com/article/254071/google_warns_20000_websites_that_could_be_infected_with_malware.html
As soon as we became aware, we notified members via Facebook and Jeff Rose-Martland posted the info to his personal blog, which he has been using as a back up until we can get the site fixed. See here: http://viewfromtheedgeoftheworld.blogspot.ca/2012/04/broken-soldiers-epilogue.html dated 23 April.
AS WE ADVISED AT THE TIME: you can still access ourduty.org provided you type the address into the browser bar. It is when you use a search engine, particularly Google, that you get the malware.
5 - This will be our final word on the matter. Our record speaks for itself. We are the ONLY citizen group working on the issue of veterans benefits. We have been dedicated and diligent and scrupulous in our work. These allegations are patently false and we will be seeking legal recourse.
We regret to inform you all that, effectively immediately, we have ceased operations pending legal advice.